These six rivalries are being built the old-fashioned way - on the field. And there's no contrived, committee-designed trophies, no quaint nicknames that hark back to a more innocent time, and definitely no corporate sponsorship. Just contemporary, 21st-century spite. The winners usually take a big step toward a conference title, or even a national one. The losers just have to sit and stew and plan their revenge next season.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu was kicked off LSU's football team Friday for breaking an athletic department rule, a blow to the Tigers' national championship hopes three weeks before their season opener.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Tiger Woods watched the flight of his tee shot until he could see it drifting too far right, and he hung his head slightly as the ball tumbled off the green. Already with three bogeys in seven holes, it looked as though nothing was going right for him in the PGA Championship.
LONDON (AP) - Mike Krzyzewski's job is nearly finished.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Matt Schaub led one scoring drive and threw an interception in his first action since breaking his right foot last season, and the Houston Texans beat the Carolina Panthers 26-13 on Saturday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - For the Kansas City Chiefs, getting a victory was more of a relief than a win.
CINCINNATI - Tim Tebow picked up some yards by running around a few times. Other than that, there wasn't much to his Jets debut.
LAS ANGELES (AP) - At long last, Dwight Howard got what he wanted.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Three was the key for Robert Griffin III.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Billy Butler came within a single of hitting for the cycle, and the Kansas City Royals beat Baltimore 8-2 on Thursday night to end the Orioles' five-game winning streak and take the luster off Manny Machado's impressive major league debut.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Since that sudden, shocking moment almost a year ago when healthy knees buckled in searing pain, Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki have slogged through every stage of a comeback but one.
LONDON (AP) - When the stakes are the biggest, the spotlight most bright, Usain Bolt is as good as gold.
WEMBLEY, England (AP) - Abby Wambach didn't put on her "Greatness Has Been Found" T-shirt right away. She instead strayed from her teammates and knelt alone at midfield - and cried into an American flag.
Yep, that's Peyton Manning wearing No. 18 and throwing passes. The uniform might look strange, though.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - The final major of the year, and everyone was cramming for their last big exam.
FLORIDA ST. 20, BOSTON COLLEGE 17
The Denver Broncos suddenly are looking fragile. They need to end their November swoon quickly or even could face the possibility of not playing in January.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs signed veteran Jason Avant on Friday to help a beleaguered and injury-prone group of wide receivers, reuniting him with Andy Reid, his longtime coach in Philadelphia.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - As Samaje Perine churned up the yards, the rain-soaked crowd at half-filled Memorial Stadium chanted his name.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Long Beach State coach Dan Monson has wanted to see his team come together defensively. They obliged Friday night with a dominating performance in front of a packed home arena.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Rookie Derek Carr gave the Oakland Raiders something to celebrate for a change.
Kansas (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) at No. 23 Oklahoma (7-3, 4-3, No. 21 CFP), 11 a.m. (Fox Sports 1).
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Jake Waters threw for a career-high 400 yards and a touchdown, Tyler Lockett returned a punt for a score and No. 12 Kansas State held on to beat sloppy West Virginia 26-20 on Thursday night.
The Oakland Raiders have gone a calendar year without a victory.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Kansas State coach Bill Snyder prefers to find incentive from the disappointment of the Wildcats' first Big 12 loss.
Boston College is in position to be this season's Iowa State.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kevin Vickerson has been a part of some stellar defensive fronts, whether he was playing next to Albert Haynesworth and Jevon Kearse in Tennessee or Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil in Denver.
The NFL players' union wants the league and its owners to take disciplining players out of the hands of Commissioner Roger Goodell.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Dakari Johnson scored 11 points, Andrew Harrison had 10 and No. 1 Kentucky used a dominant defense to blow out No. 4 Kansas 72-40 in Tuesday night's Champions Classic.
With just three weeks until the College Football Playoff committee releases its final rankings, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State seem to be in control of their championship chances.